Can deep learning characterize breast tumors on SWE?
November 15, 2016 -- Deep learning can accurately differentiate benign and malignant breast tumors on ultrasound shear-wave elastography (SWE) and outperform methods typically used in computer-aided diagnosis software, according to research published in the December issue of Ultrasonics.
Math functions add color, detail to ultrasound images
November 11, 2016 -- Can mathematical functions from 19th-century France help improve the quality of ultrasound images today? Researchers from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, say they can, serving as the basis for a method that uses color coding to reveal fine details that have previously been obscured.
Smoking adversely affects patellar, Achilles tendons
November 3, 2016 -- Need another reason to quit or never start smoking cigarettes? B-mode ultrasound and elastography show that smoking can negatively affect the patellar and Achilles tendons, according to research published in the November issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
Is infection lurking on your ultrasound probe?
November 2, 2016 -- About 29% of practitioners don't disinfect ultrasound probes after each patient, 11% of practitioners fail to use a probe cover for transvaginal or transrectal procedures, and 30% don't use sterile gel sachets for endocavity scans, a new survey from the European Society of Radiology has found.
Second Opinion: Did thyroid imaging study miss the mark?
October 27, 2016 -- In an article published July 21 in BMJ, researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center questioned whether the use of imaging after treatment for thyroid cancer improved patient outcomes. Dr. Mark Tulchinsky of Pennsylvania State University offers a response in this Second Opinion column.
3D-printed transducer focuses ultrasound waves
October 26, 2016 -- Researchers have found a way to control high-pressure ultrasound to manipulate, move, or destroy structures noninvasively by using 3D-printed laser-generated focused ultrasound transducers, according to a new report in Applied Physics Letters.
3D/4D ultrasound matures as it shows clinical value
October 19, 2016 -- Initially a technology used only by early adopters, 3D/4D ultrasound has indeed come of age, buoyed by mounting evidence of its diagnostic utility in a variety of clinical applications. Today, 3D/4D ultrasound is increasingly being used by healthcare institutions around the world.
China's medical device market shows promise despite slowdown
October 19, 2016 -- The market for medical devices in China still has great potential despite a recent slowdown in the segment's growth rate, according to a new report by China MedTech Marketing (CMTM). In this article, CMTM's Owen Tang explains how a projected decline in the growth rate isn't expected to dampen enthusiasm for medical devices, due to a variety of factors.
Sonographers remain vulnerable to musculoskeletal pain
October 18, 2016 -- Work-related musculoskeletal disorders still remain a bane for sonographers, if a recent survey in Sweden is any indication. However, much can be done to improve sonographer working conditions and decrease the prevalence of pain, researchers reported in a study to be published in the January 2017 issue of Applied Ergonomics.
Contrast US boosts diagnostic power of breast ultrasound
October 6, 2016 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound can be an effective method for the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant breast lesions, offering improvements in diagnostic accuracy over conventional breast ultrasound, according to research published in the October issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
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December 5-7
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Dec. 30 2016 - Jan. 6, 2017
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Advanced and Interventional MSK Ultrasound
February 2-3, 2017
St. Pete Beach, Florida United States